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28.05.2008 19:31
BIG CLIMATE CONVERGENCE MEETING JUNE 1st
The TIME TO ACT IS NOW!! This year's Convergence for Climate Action is looking to be awesome, and organizing is really coming along nicely. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up!

DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 1st
TIME: 11am to 3 pm

LOCATION: If the weather is nice we'll meet at 11am at Irvington Park (the big park on NE Fremont and 7th) at one of the picnic benches in the southwest corner of the park near 7th street.

If it's raining or clearly threatening rain, the plan is have the meeting a few blocks away at the nearby Wild Oats / Whole Foods corporate health food store at NE 14th and Fremont. Feel free to call us at to verify which location on Sunday.

 http://www.climateconvergence.org

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27.05.2008 08:00
Student Sit-In at TESC, 100 Hours
an update on the going ons of the sit in going on in Olympia.... A student sit-in at the Evergreen State College (TESC) has now surpassed its 100th hour and is heading into its fifth day. The sit-in is in support of reinstatement of the banned student group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

The student protesters have peacefully occupied the Seminar One building and have renamed it People's University. This sit-in is a part of a struggle for Free Speech on campus and an effort to put to a halt to the trend of deteriorating student rights on campus.

On Friday, May 23 an Evergreen student lost her job as a result of her participation in the demonstrations. Kelly Beckham, 20, was fired from her job at campus Parking Services after being deemed by a "security threat" by Evergreen Chief of Police Ed Sorger. She was notified directly by the police of her termination, rather than by the proper chain of command of her employment. Kelly Beckham, a member of banned student group SDS, was a speaker at the SDS Free Speech rally that preceded the sit-in. The loss of her job was a direct result of her involvement with the sit-in.

Olympia SDS and their supporters intend to stay in the occupied building until SDS is reinstated as a student group. Olympia SDS is requesting support and solidarity in all forms. All Power to the people. Student Power. ~ Olympia SDS

Dispatch from Sit-In at Evergreen | Day 8 of Sit-In at Evergreen


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27.05.2008 07:56
Fisherman shot at Sea Lion
Columbia River Sea Lions Is was reported by someone that a fisherman shot at a sea lion last Thursday morning on the Lewis River. The National Marine Fisheries Service is said to be investigating the incident.

I want to know who saw the fisherman do it. It has been said that the Sea Lion went to eat the fish that was on the fisherman's line so he/she shot the Sea Lion.

What they do not say in any of the 2 articles is who saw the fisherman do it and why was he not caught? There is so little info about this. I encourage everyone to pick up the phone and call The National Marine Fisheries Service at 206-526-6150. Ask them what is going on and then post it here. We need more information.

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25.05.2008 18:44
KBOO Monday Morning Talk Radio
Honor the Dead, But Save the Living

On this day of grief and remembering, listen to voices of some who are working to end war, ensure that those who return receive care and support, and stand as heroes of the force for peace.
KBOO, 90.7 FM Monday Morning Talk Radio

At 7:30, Ret. Col. Ann Wright, co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience will discuss the cost of war to women soldiers-PTSD, sexual assault, rape and murder.

At 8, Michael Marceau from D.C. Veterans for Peace will join us to tell how DC VFP was dis-invited from marching in the Memorial Day Parade there.

And at 8:30, Chanan Suarezdiaz of Seattle Iraq Vets Against the War will talk about next weekend's NW Winter Soldier event in Seattle.

Then at 10:30, Chris Andrea will talk with Malcolm Chaddock, VF72, about local events this day.

Listen up, OK?

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25.05.2008 18:41
Dispatch from the Sit-in at Evergreen
The occupation at Evergreen continues.

Not too many personal accounts have been posted online about the sit-in/occupation at The Evergreen State College for the reinstatement of Olympia Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). It started Wednesday, May 21st around 4pm and has continued since. Just before the sit-in started, 150 students, staff and faculty gathered in Red Square for a planned Free Speech Rally where speakers from SDS, MEChA, CISPES and the Evergreen Animal Rights Network spoke about the free speech fight at Evergreen and made connections to political repression in the Green Scare, against MEChA in the Southwest and the FMLN.

Shortly after the rally started, SDS's last appeal with the college took place elsewhere on campus. When the rally ended students marched toward Vice President of Student Affairs Art Costantino's office in the Sem 1 building. He was outside of the building instead of in his office. Students confronted him and chanted "Free Speech!" and "Reinstate SDS!". Students attempted to have a discussion with him, but Art refused and walked away. The students then decided to march up the stairs in the Sem 1 building and sit-in outside of his office. Around 60 students started the sit-in.

Students, both SDSers and supporters, have kept a continuous presence outside of Art's office, rotating in shifts where 5 to over 20 students will be there at any given time. People continue to donate food and other needed supplies for the sit-in.

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25.05.2008 18:38
Wobbly Bard, Storyteller, Railroad Tramp Utah Phillips Dead at 73
Utah Phillips, a seminal figure in American folk music who performed extensively and tirelessly for audiences on two continents for 38 years, died Friday of congestive heart failure in Nevada City, California a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains where he lived for the last 21 years with his wife, Joanna Robinson, a freelance editor. Born Bruce Duncan Phillips on May 15, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of labor organizers. Whether through this early influence or an early life that was not always tranquil or easy, by his twenties Phillips demonstrated a lifelong concern with the living conditions of working people.

He was a proud member of the Industrial Workers of the World, popularly known as "the Wobblies," an organizational artifact of early twentieth-century labor struggles that has seen renewed interest and growth in membership in the last decade, not in small part due to his efforts to popularize it.

utahphillips.org | utahphillips.org/utah.html | utahphillips.blogspot.com | Mooseturd Pie, the signature Utah story

Utah Phillips has left the stage | Utah Phillips Was a Legend (David Rovics) | Indybay Coverage


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25.05.2008 18:30
Mass death of bees in Germany: Pesticide approvals suspended
The cause of mass bee deaths has been established: pesticide products from chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta. They have been removed from sale in Germany. We should now pressure Bayer and regulators to remove them from sale elsewhere...

{Posted on the UKIMC) "Bayer must withdraw Gaucho and Poncho from the market worldwide"

The German Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has ordered the immediate suspension of the approval for eight seed treatment products due to the mass death of bees in Germany's Baden-Wuerttemberg state. The suspended products are: Antarc (ingredient: imidacloprid; produced by Bayer), Chinook (imidacloprid; Bayer), Cruiser (thiamethoxam; Syngenta), Elado (clothianidin; Bayer), Faibel (imidacloprid; Bayer), Mesurol (methiocarb; Bayer) and Poncho (clothianidin; Bayer). According to the German Research Centre for Cultivated Plants 29 out of 30 dead bees it had examined had been killed by contact with clothianidin. Also wild bees and other insects are suffering from a significant loss of population.

 http://www.cbgnetwork.org

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25.05.2008 18:21
Support Chip now!
Romaine Chip Fitzgerald, the longest held U.S. political prisoner is due for a parole hearing in the next few months. We are asking all comrades to support Chip by signing a petition on his behalf.

Chip is a former member of the Southern California Black Panther Party. He has been incarcerated since 1969 for altercation that took place with a CHP officer during a traffic stop. Chip and several Panthers defended themselves against an officer who later admitted he had orders to shoot and kill any and all Panthers. During the altercation, the officer was
shot and Chip managed to flee.

Please support our comrade, sign the petition:
 http://www.freechip.org/sign-petition.html

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23.05.2008 15:31
VBC Speech: "Key to Growing Food is Awareness"
I have been asked to speak here tonight because of the way I have been spending my time lately, which is growing vegetables, fruit, and herbs in a bunch of different plots around Southeast, and doing most of the traveling, hauling, etc., by bike. "Bicycle-based urban agriculture," it has been called. I am running the operation as a CSA. A CSA -- which stands for "Community Supported Agriculture" -- is a business arrangement in which a set of households provide resources, fiscal and otherwise, to a farmer in the Winter and Spring and in return recieve produce throughout the Summer and into the Autumn.

Together with my farming partners, who also ride their bikes everywhere, we are growing food for 40 households out of all these plots. We also have "The Staple Foods Project", with its own set of supporters, which is intended to raise survival foods such as quinoa, soybeans, sunflowers-for-oil, soup peas, lentils, and more. The overall goal of these projects is food independence, for a small number of people anyway, by this winter. Also, we will share whatever it is we learn with whomever wants to know. When it comes to food growing, none of us can afford to make any trade secrets.

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23.05.2008 12:02
Anti-GM protest shuts down BASF UK headquarters
This morning 30 protesters from Earth First! have shut down the BASF UK headquarters (1) at Cheadle Hulme near Manchester (2), to highlight the company's role in pushing GM onto our plates. BASF is planning to run the UK's only trial of GM crops this year, a trial of blight resistant potatoes.

The protesters arrived early in the morning at the flagship offices and have since been blockading the gate by sitting in front of it and locking on sing d-locks and other equipment. They are successfully preventing any staff from entering and are demanding the company pull out of GM immediately. They have also hung a giant 30 x 10ft banner reading "No To GM". The protesters are planning to blockade the gate for several hours.

uk indymedia


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22.05.2008 14:57
Protestors Tell Shareholders NW Natural's LNG Plan "Stinks!"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

-Portland, OR.- Protestors from Stumptown Earth First! sneak into shareholders meeting and disrupt with stink devices in protest of the company's investment in proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects slated for Oregon. NW Natural has been making greenwashing claims, including "foreign LNG is a green alternative to the already existing domestic gas." Protestors say "there is nothing green about LNG."

Activists with Earth First! declare that "This action is just the beginning of what's in store for this LNG proposal. We are here to defend the land, the rivers, and the natural habitats, and we will not stop until LNG is dropped!"

Related: lngpollutes.org


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22.05.2008 09:03
Occupation at The Evergreen State College in Olympia
Starting around 4pm on Wednesday, members of SDS and their supporters started on occupation of the administrative offices at The Evergreen State College in Olympia until SDS is reinstated as a student group. This followed a rally for Free Speech on campus where 150 showed up. Stay tuned for updates.

[Day 2] Olympia SDS has occupied Evergreen's Vice President's office (as well as the entire top floor and roof of SEM I). The occupation is now going into its second day.


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22.05.2008 08:08
Proposed rule-change allowing USED books into Oregon prisons - your input is needed!
books to prisoners Dear Friends,

There is a comment period that ends May 26th for a rule change being proposed by the Oregon Department of Corrections that would greatly benefit Oregon prisoners. This rule change would also make the efforts of Books to Prisoners volunteers a whole lot easier!

This rule would allow prisoners to receive USED books! Please voice your support for this rule change by copying and modify the sample letter below and getting it in the mail by no later than Saturday May 24th, so it is sure to arrive by the deadline of May 26th - Even if you don't have a stamp or the time, please just write the letter (now) and email it to us at: pdxbookstoprisoners@riseup.net with your name and address - then we'll print it off and mail it for you!

These have to arrive by next monday May 26th, so
letters need to be in the mail by saturday may 24th.


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20.05.2008 07:08
First Tree Sit Erected on I-69 Construction Site!!!
Roadblock EF Clearing for the first 1.77 miles of I-69, the NAFTA Superhighway, in Southern Indiana began in mid-March. If completed, the highway will stretch over 1700 miles from the Canadian border crossing of Port Huron, Michigan to the Mexican border crossing of Laredo/Brownsville, Texas. In Indiana alone, 450 families stand to be dislocated and nearly 10,000 acres of forests and farms are slated for destruction. The road is widely unpopular, with 94% of public comments to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) opposed to the new terrain route. Concerned residents have vowed to never let them build this road. The first aerial defense encampment on the route was established last night.

 http://stopi69.wordpress.com

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20.05.2008 07:04
City of Corvallis Unanimously Adopts Anti-WOPR Resolution
WOPR On April 21 the Corvallis City Council passed a resolution opposing the Bureau of Land Management's Western Oregon Plan Revisions. The draft Plan would increase old growth logging in Western Oregon by 700% and reduce riparian reserves and habitat for endangered species. In March, members of the Coast Range Association and the Benton Forest Coalition presented the resolution to councilors, who referred the measure to the Legislative Committee. After hearing testimony from seven local residents, including a forester, a plant pathologist, and representatives from the American Hiking Society and the Audubon Society, the Legislative Committee returned the resolution to the Council with a stamp of approval.

The City Council voted unanimously to adopt a slightly modified version of the Eugene resolution, originally penned by Josh Laughlin of the Cascadia Wildlands Project. Councilors cited concerns about ecotourism and the impact of proposed increases in logging on BLM lands on adjacent city owned watersheds.

maps of affected forests | Old Growth Giveaways in Oregon's Heritage Forests | background | background and press releases, including video/audio clips


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20.05.2008 06:57
Really Really Free Market comes to Springfield, Oregon!
RRFM is a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a non-reactionary way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all. Markets often vary in character, but they generally offer both goods and services. Participants bring unneeded items, food, skills and talents such as entertainment or haircuts. A RRFM may take place in an open community space such as a public park or community commons.

Saturday June 7, 11-3pm
200 West B Street
Island Park, Springfield [OR]

bring food,music,skills,clothes, love and more!
everything for free!

more info or if you want to help out with his event please email,  reallyreallyfreemarketeugene@gmail.com

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20.05.2008 06:50
United Poor People Rise UPP!
This is the text from the UPP 3-fold pamphlet which will soon be made available as an online readable pdf.

The UPP was founded as a people's response to the crisis of poverty and homelessness in Portland. We recognize that this is a national crisis which needs immediate, viable solutions, not promises of future recognition.

We meet in Chapman Square, across from City Hall every day at 10:00am and 6:00pm. Our meetings are consensus based and open to the public and we encourage and request that YOU come join us and help develop solutions that will WORK.

- SOLUTIONS NOT SWEEPS
- HOMES NOT JAILS
- DIALOGUE NOT A DOG AND PONY SHOW
- CREATIVITY NOT CRIMINALIZATION

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20.05.2008 06:49
Daniel McGowan is Being Moved
Hello, all -

We just found out that Daniel has been transferred out of FCI Sandstone.
This was completely unexpected, and we do not know what his final destination will be. Please hold off on mailing letters for the time being; we'll send out an update as soon as we have one.

Best,
Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan

 http://supportdaniel.org

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18.05.2008 18:33

Press Conference 5-13-08 City Hall Homeless Protest Here is an update that I videotaped from the Park on 3rd street on Saturday evening regarding the still in progress "protest to repeal the no-camping and sit-lie laws"

Here is an YouTube video Update from a few of the protesters on Saturday evening

They are letting the community know of the Monday morning City Hall Protest starting at 8:00 am

Numerous homeless advocates have been arrested over this push for human rights and dignity

Support and Solidarity is still needed

joe-anybody.com


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16.05.2008 08:35
Buffalo Advocates Rally in Helena
Buffalo Field Campaign award to Montana Governor With banners and tombstones in hand, and strong hearts that have withstood a season of tremendous buffalo slaughter, Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers trekked to Montana's capitol, Helena, on Wednesday, May 15, for a rally to draw attention to Montana Governor Schweitzer's role in the shameful slaughter of America's last wild bison. Buffalo Field Campaign was joined by other friends of buffalo, including local residents and members of a newly formed citizen action group, Buffalo Allies of Bozeman.

At the end of the event, people walked into the capitol and up to the Governor's office to present this [Buffalo Bill] "award" to Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer for his role in the largest wild buffalo slaughter since the 1800s. This is the same governor who promised "more tolerance" for wild bison in Montana. Of course, the Governor was out of the office and unable to receive his token in person, but an intern was sent out to hear our concerns in his stead.

buffalofieldcampaign.org


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